Identifying sex of Hollies. - Knowledgebase Question

Miramar Beach, Fl
Question by kaffsmom
May 13, 2009
I have what is labeled a female Fosters Holly that apparently needs a male Holly to produce berries. My local Home Depot does not sell Hollies with the sex identified. Is there some way that I can make the id? Thanks. Kit Jenkins


Image
Answer from NGA
May 13, 2009

0

Hollies are dioecious (separate male and female plants). However, Foster holly is one of the few hollies in which female plants will produce fruit without fertilization from a male pollinator. Botanically speaking, it is parthenocarpic (from Greek, parthenos meaning virgin and karpos meaning fruit). Therefore, it is unnecessary to purchase a male Foster holly for your landscape.

You must be signed in before you can post questions or answers. Click here to join!

« Return to the Garden Knowledgebase Homepage

Member Login:

Username:

Password:

[ Join now ]

Today's site banner is by sunnyvalley and is called "Hibiscus 'Purpureus Variegatus'"